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Public firm tries to sustain business from home rentalsWall Street loves American Homes 4 Rent, despite a record of losses.

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Corporate Takeovers Roiling Conejo Valley

M&A: Ryland, Kythera acquired by OC rivals within days of each other.

Two publicly traded companies in Westlake Village strike deals.

Large Caps Riding Wave

STOCKS: Local publicly traded companies navigate recovery.

The largest public companies in the Valley find ways to grow their market capitalization.

Reading the Fine Print

Michelle Leder makes a living by reading the fine print in stock filings.

Valley Gains Yet Another Fortune

Farmers Insurance makes Fortune 500 despite no public stock.

It’s not a public company, but Farmers Insurance has a place on the Fortune 500.

Can Han Solo Rescue Game Unit?

Disney counting on new Star Wars figures to improve sales.

Disney leverages its “Star Wars” movies to revive its video game division.

Scaling Up Earthquake Response

Technology developed by Glendale company employed in crises.

If you need mass communication during a disaster, call Everbridge Inc.

The Number

“Zombie foreclosures” are reported in the Ventura County home market.

Zipping Into The Future?

MANUFACTURING: Talon stakes more on fabric technology than its core fasteners business.

Can a new stretchy fabric turn around Talon International?

Van Nuys Equipment Lessor Sees Shares Spark

ELECTRONICS: Electro Rent replaces work lost after large contract expires.

Electro Rent rebounds after losing a major contract.

Beaten Down DreamWorks Lifted by Investors

ENTERTAINMENT: Worries over movie flops give way to small-screen optimism.

DreamWorks Animation shrinks its film slate, but TV work picks up.

Calabasas Brokerage Timed IPO Perfectly in 2013

REAL ESTATE: Marcus & Millichap has seen stock rise fourfold since listing.

Apartment brokerage Marcus & Millichap went public just as the multifamily sector got hot.

Non-Profits Link Up With New Media Platform

FUNDRAISING: MobileCause in Calabasas offers groups social and mobile access.

Most non-profits have two goals – to serve their communities and to raise enough money to stay afloat.

Search Engine Optimization Helps Land Clients

MARKETING: Valencia attorney hired for faraway case using new technology.

On June 3, attorney Gregory Owen held a press conference in Huntington Park to announce that children who attended a police-sponsored youth boot camp were physically and verbally abused during their week stay at the camp in May.

Full Dress Drill

West Point grad Todd Stevens is the CEO of the Valley’s newest public company – California Resources Corp. – and he’s looking for oil.

West Point graduate Todd Stevens assumes the leadership of California Resources Corp.

Veterans’ Subdivision Marches to Completion

RESIDENTIAL: Habitat for Humanity sponsors unusual Santa Clarita tract.

Finishing touches are being added over the next few weeks to an innovative Santa Clarita subdivision that will provide housing and support services to 78 low-income veterans and their families.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Marvin Jay Caukin, 66, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for embezzling more than $10 million from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in Long Beach.


Calendar of events

The Valley’s Critical Summer

The next few months will decide the future of Valley public transit.

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Match Point

Housing coming to site of former Boeing fitness center

Former Boeing fitness center gets OK to become 90-home subdivision.

Rocket Engine Maker in Orbit Over Mars Mission

AEROSPACE: NASA program boosts Rocketdyne plant in Chatsworth.

A new NASA contract could heat up Rocketdyne’s engine factory in the Valley.

Hotel Developer Doubles Down

HOSPITALITY: PNK Group building second Ventura Boulevard boutique.

Sagar Kumar wants to build a new hotel – right next to the one he already owns.

Bulk Buys to Microloans

VEDC plans to leverage a grant into a national $20 million microlending program.

Putting the Genie Back In the Bottle

Startup offers brands real-time monitoring of social media.

Bottlenose, a media monitoring startup, lands $13.5 million in venture capital.

Not Brand New – but Valuable

Health Net, Amgen make list of corporate names with sizzle.

From Amgen to Warner Bros., billion-dollar brands abound in the Valley.